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Early Evening In The Garden Of Good And Evil by Peter Hill
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Early Evening In The Garden Of Good And Evil was shot at approx 9pm at Elkington Park in Balmain, Sydney, Australia, in the company of millions of mosquitos and batches of bats, on 10 March 2009. Lighting was provided by park lights out of frame to the right.

Since being Featured Art by Redbubble and then featured on the Redbubble Home Page in 2009, this work has become one of my most popular images on RB. It is also one of the works I am most proud of, especially as I had no set shooting agenda before I arrived at the location of this magnificent tree, a favourite spot.

Tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with remote shutter cable
Canon TS+E 24mm f3.5L Tilt+Shift Lens with Schneider B+W 72mm UV Haze Filter #10
ISO: 640
Aperture: f3.5
Speed: 20 seconds
Focus: Manual
AWB: Auto
Lighting: Available
Three separate shots, each with shifting the lens, not the camera, at +11mm shift, 0mm shift, and -11mm shift, respectively, then stitched together.

Winner of the Roots Challenge 4 December 2009
Second place in the Canon v Nikon Challenge November 2009
Third place in the Best Night Shot Challenge April 2010
Winner of the Tree Challenge June 2010
Avatar for the Achromatic Nature Group June 2010
Winner of the Black & White is Beautiful Challenge September 2010

Featured by Redbubble October 2009
Featured by the Night Photography Group October 2009
Featured by the Technical Photography Group October 2009
Featured on Redbubble Home Page December 2009
Featured by the Monotone at Midnight Group January 2010
Featured by the Wide Angle Photography Group April 2010
Featured by the Black and White Enthusiast Group April 2010
Featured by the Black and White Photography Group April 2010
Featured by the Photography 101 Group May 2010
Featured by the Black & White Spotlight ~ THE MASTERS Group May 2010
Featured by the Silky Touch Group September 2010
Featured by the Absolute Clarity Group September 2010
Featured by the One Tree at a Time Group October 2010
Featured by the Oz Talent Group November 2010
Featured by the I Shoot RAW Group November 2010
Featured by the Photgraphic Excellence – From the Outback to the Coast Group Feburary 2011
Featured by the Hometown Photography Group March 2011

Favourited 365+ times as of August 2011, with 14,750+ views, and 10 sales.

Comments

  • Wendy Mogul
    Wendy Mogulalmost 6 years ago

    Wow thats some root system lol awsome work love it!!!!

  • thanks Angel!

    – Peter Hill

  • billyboy
    billyboyalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, do I love the smooth texture of those roots… and the way you`ve highlighted them against the leaves both in the tree and on the ground is stunning.
    Peter, this has got to be one of the way coolest tree pictures I have seen in ages. In fact, it`s one of the coolest BW shots I`ve seen in ages… full of splendid, eye popping dynamic.
    I love this!!

  • Thanks for that feedback BB – awesome. A story. Got home from a long day in the office, after stopping off at the supermarket to feed the daughter, cooked her a meal in 5 mintues, then busted outta there as I had not clicked a shutter for, what? 24 hours. Just took the camera, the cable, the tilt+shift lens, the tripod. Got to this park about 20 minutes after sunset. Dark under the tree, but there was a park lamp off to the right. Then I noticed there was zero wind. Cool. Then I realised this favourite tree of mine was finally gonna get caught. But it was so dark under it, I couldn’t see the lower shot, and I estimated the focal length and turned the focus ring by feel, ie just past 3.5 metres and just short of infinity. With no wind I knew I could timelapse to get the light happening and the shadows. Test shot at 30 seconds was too bright and washed out. This was the second go. The middle shot was aimed in a straight horizontal line. Zero cropping after the photomerge. With the tilt+shift lens, merging is 100% precise – no fudging it necessary. It’s an awesome little piece of technical wizardry, and the creative scope is endless. Nervous excitement growing as I await my Lee Filter System (NDs, Mist, to name a few)…….

    – Peter Hill

  • billyboy
    billyboyalmost 6 years ago

    … and I`m not through yet… that mouth in the middle whistling woodsey tunes is amazing.
    Awesome and inspiring!!!

  • Wow, just noticed that!

    – Peter Hill

  • monaiman
    monaimanalmost 6 years ago

    FANTASTIC !!!

  • THANKS Mona!

    – Peter Hill

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    fantastic

  • thanks Kathy!

    – Peter Hill

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 6 years ago

    phenomenal result!!

  • thanks ding – the mossies got me good though!

    – Peter Hill

  • Milos Markovic
    Milos Markovicalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous work, Peter.

  • thanks very much Milos

    – Peter Hill

  • ooyayootay
    ooyayootayalmost 6 years ago

    Spectacular!!

  • thanks again Rono!

    – Peter Hill

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertalmost 6 years ago

    This is great! wow what an cool tree!

  • thanks Kim. In Sydney we are blessed with many such trees – Moreton Bay Figs – and many are much older than this one! Love shooting them.

    – Peter Hill

  • scottimages
    scottimagesalmost 6 years ago

    love those snaking, reaching roots…. makes me think of Fangorn forest….. though not as scary thanks to your excellent use of light!

  • thanks Rosemary! I’ve given a bit more info about this shot, and the light, above. cheers

    – Peter Hill

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